Jo Fletcher

Jo Fletcher

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In 1994, singer and pianist Jo Fletcher entered the studio with a set of songs co-written with lyricist Lizzie Moore. Although Fletcher completed a full album's worth of material, complete with guest spots by Murray Head and Robert Wyatt on vocals and Horslips' Charles O'Connor on violin, the album was never released at the time, remaining on the shelf until the U.K. prog historians at Voiceprint Records put it out a full decade later. Jo Fletcher is not by any stretch a lost masterpiece, consisting of 13 pleasant but basically unmemorable adult pop songs with slick, slightly jazzy arrangements. Although the impressive opener, "Dare," features the album's most memorable chorus, sung by a breathy choir of overdubbed Fletchers supported by Wyatt's trademark vocal quaver over an appealingly wispy bed of keyboards and O'Connor's skirling violin, it's more or less straight downhill from that promising opener. Fans of Shona Laing, Nicky Holland, and other nearly forgotten singer/songwriters of the early '90s might find Jo Fletcher appealing, but its charms are pretty slight.

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